JOINT STATEMENT BY WESTERN CAPE MINISTERS ROBIN CARLISLE (TRANSPORT AND PUBLIC WORKS), DAN PLATO (COMMUNITY SAFETY) AND THEUNS BOTHA (HEALTH)
Ministers launch Safely Home Road Safety Plan for the Easter Weekend
MEC Dan Plato
Western Cape Minister of Community Safety
Together with all other Law Enforcement agencies we are bolstering resources to increase safety and combat reckless behaviour on our roads.
Over the December/January festive season we saw a change in driver behaviour, with fewer fatalities on our roads, and more people using taxi services after a night out on the weekend. We hope that this more responsible driver behaviour will continue over the school holidays and Easter Weekend.
I would like to encourage the public to continue being aware of the dangers of drunk driving and ensure that they don’t put themselves in a situation that could wreck not only their own lives, but also the lives of others.
Our Provincial Traffic Services will be focusing on a few key elements of the Safely Home Campaign over the school holidays and leading up to the Easter Weekend – these are speed limit enforcement, driver fatigue, drunk driving, un-roadworthy vehicles and pedestrian safety.
This year our traffic officers have been asked to breathalyse every driver passing through our road blocks, and it is our hope that this will further curb the illegal behaviour of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. I would like to call on all residents and visitors to this province to drink responsibly and get safely home.
I will also be visiting a number of Safely Home roadblocks in the province, where we will hand out disposable breathalysers to drivers. We will encourage motorists to use the breathalysers – they could save their lives.